The full (foreign) trailer for the forthcoming biopic about the iconic gay artist Tom of Finland has arrived, and its a sumptuous look at his life and art.
Also, if you’d like a new and sexy look at his art, don’t miss the music video we posted on Friday from DJ Hell, which is a collaboration with the Tom of Finland Foundation, and animates his hypersexualized drawings of muscular men.
Directed by Dome Karukoski, the film follows Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, as he returns home to Finland after fighting for his country in World War II. But life during peacetime proves just as distressing as his time on the battlefields in Europe. Laaksonen finds Helsinki rampant with persecution of homosexuals and sees many men around him pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his art, specializing in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – “became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution,” as the film’s producers describe it.